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Song:   Paperback Writer
Artist: The Beatles
Album   No. 1 (Remastered), 2015 [originally an A-side of their eleventh single from 1966]
URL:    http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x132si_beatles-paperback-writer_music
Tuning: Full Step Down
Style:  High-Intensity energetic Rock’n’Roll, with Fuzz, Delay and Distortion
Tempo:  4|4
Method: Oscillating chords, from Power 5th to 11th.

Chords:           Capo 3 [Optional]
        DGCFAd
N.C.    No Chord  No Chord
A5      577XXX    244XXX
A11     5556XX    2223XX
D5      X577XX    X244XX  


INTRO:
N.C.
Paperback writer, paperback writer.


BRIDGE 1:
|A5/A11   |A5/A11   |A5/A11   |A5/A11   |


VERSE 1:
     A5/A11
Dear Sir or Madam, will you read my book?
     A5/A11
It took me years to write, will you take a look?
     A5/A11
It's based on a novel by a man named Lear,
      A5/A11                                  D5
And I need a job, so I want to be a paperback writer.
          A5/A11
Paperback writer.


VERSE 2:
         A5/A11
It's the dirty story of a dirty man,
        A5/A11
And his clinging wife doesn't understand.
        A5/A11
His son is working for the Daily Mail,
       A5/A11                                    D5
It's a steady job but he wants to be a paperback writer.


N.C.
Paperback writer, paperback writer.


BRIDGE 2:
|A5/A11   |A5/A11   |A5/A11   |A5/A11   |


VERSE 3:
       A5/A11
It's a thousand pages, give or take a few,
        A5/A11
I'll be writing more in a week or two.
      A5/A11
I can make it longer if you like the style,
      A5/A11                                       D5
I can change it round and I want to be a paperback writer.
          A5/A11
Paperback writer.


VERSE 4:
       A5/A11
If you really like it you can have the rights,
         A5/A11
It could make a million for you overnight.
       A5/A11
If you must return it, you can send it here,
      A5/A11                                    D5          
But I need a break and I want to be a paperback writer.


N.C.
Paperback writer, paperback writer.


BRIDGE 3:
|A5/A11   |A5/A11   |A5/A11   |A5/A11   |


CODA:(Distorted Riff over, to fade)
     A5/A11
Paperback writer, paperback writer,
     A5/A11
Paperback writer, paperback writer.
     A5/A11
Paperback writer, paperback writer,
     A5/A11
Paperback writer, paperback writer.
 

[End] 


NOTES:
1.  This is solely my interpretation of the sonorous chords played on this track.  
The dwell vibration on the guitar strings is increased by the full step down tuning.  
As visual proof of the power chord transition's, watch John Lennon’s hands on the 
third fret of his Epiphone, ‘Casino’ neck, in this then current video of the song.  
http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x132si_beatles-paperback-writer_music
2.  The 'Paperback Writer' recording was bass boosted and the signal was enhanced to produce
the loudest pressing that EMI had delivered, to that date. “…”Paperback Writer" is marked 
by the boosted bass guitar sound throughout, partly in response to John Lennon demanding to 
know why the bass on a certain Wilson Pickett record far exceeded the bass on any Beatles 
records.  This changed with the "Paperback Writer" single. …” 
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paperback_Writer 
2.  “…A guitar that John Lennon played on the recording of The Beatles song 
'Paperback Writer' is expected to fetch up to $1million at auction.  Lennon gave his 
Gretsch 6120 guitar to his cousin, David Birch, in November 1967 a year after the hit 
single was produced in April 1966 at London's Abbey Road studios as part of the 
sessions for the band's Revolver album. …” 
http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/john-lennons-rare-beatles-guitar-4388282
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Pelusteriano 5,295 Nov 08, 2015 05:32 PM

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I learnt this song from the "Beatles: A to Tee" video series, which are some of the most accurate sources for Beatles' guitar.

When I saw your version, I was a little confused, so, I decided to check the video you were linking. You say that John plays at the 5th fret, but he clearly is playing at the 3rd fret: http://imgur.com/BrtZRIr

For me, the alternate tuning and the use of a capo don't hold up.

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rikigo 3,261 Nov 08, 2015 09:16 PM

It's an 'alternate version'.

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